The New York Rangers (13-12-0) defeated the Florida Panthers (7-14-5) by the score of 5-2, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...so basically, when the Rangers outshoot their opponent, they lose and when they're outshot, they score five goals. Got it. Amazing what happens when they take advantage of an opponent's mistakes.
...last night was the perfect example of what a good power play can do for a team. The Rangers were outshot, dreadful in the faceoff circle and dominated on puck possession, but when you're able to score on two of three power play chances it masks a lot of those deficiencies.
...nice bounce back game for Hank, but man, I've seen him give up more cheapies in 18 starts this season than his previous eight years combined. He's got to come up with that Bjugstad goal.
...great to see Nash bang one home, now he needs to go on a run.
...geez, how many flukey goals does Richards have this season? Hockey Gods certainly paying him back for last season's debacle.
...i guess Zuccarello has gotten so bored setting up his own teammates, he decided to help his opponent. BTW, who was it that Zuccarello replaced on the power play point of the second unit? Just checking.
...seriously, when did Stralman become the Rangers best defenseman?
...so much for AV's new strategy of playing 2-1 games.
...Del Zotto traded yet? No? Dammit.
...just 17 saves on 21 shots for Thomas? Must have been the lighting in the arena.
...when the Rangers are losing 61% of their faceoffs, AV has to find a way to get his best faceoff man (Boyle) in the circle.
...i pretty much give credit for the offensive explosion to the return of Pyatt to the lineup.
...you would like to see the Rangers be able to dominate a patsy like the Panthers, but two points are two points and the Rangers are now 3-1-0 in the first four games of this five game trip. Not too shabby.
...things will get a lot more difficult tomorrow afternoon when the Rangers are in Boston.
...Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!